Detectives investigating the disappearance of 14-year-old Alice Gross will be using tonight’s Crimewatch appeal to ask for the public’s help.
Despite numerous public appeals as yet detectives have no confirmed sightings of Alice after 4:26 pm that day and Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers will be onair to show CCTV images of Alice’s last known movements on August 28.
On that Thursday afternoon, CCTV images show Alice between 1 pm when she left home and 4:26 pm when she walked along Trumpers Way, towards Hanwell.
Alice is white, 5ft 2 ins tall and of very slim build with shoulder-length, light brown hair. When she left home that day she was wearing dark blue jeans and a grey top, and tartan framed glasses. She was carrying a dark rucksack, and wearing denim blue ‘Vans’ shoes, these shoes were in her rucksack when it was found by police on 2 September.
Detective Chief Inspector Chalmers said: “Over two weeks ago now Alice left home, just as normal, and went for a walk. She has not been seen since.
“The response so far from the public has been great, but as yet we have no confirmed sightings of Alice after 1630hrs that day.
“I am really keen to trace Alice’s phone, which I know has not been used since late afternoon on the day she was last seen. It is white iPhone 4S, with distinctive cracked rear case that Alice had decorated with marker pen. If you saw, or currently have Alice’s phone please get in touch.
“A couple have come forward to tell us that they saw Alice’s bag on the evening of Thursday, 28 August, at about 8:15 pm on the footpath that runs besides the River Brent between Hanwell Bridge and the Grand Union Canal. They didn’t move the bag or look inside it. The bag was seen close to where the builders saw it on the following day but the bag was on the path rather than in the undergrowth. So I’m continuing to ask for anyone else who may have seen Alice’s rucksack between this time and when officers found it on 2 September.
“Alice’s family are devastated. They think about her constantly. If you have any information that can help us bring Alice back to her family, no matter how small or trivial it may seem to you, please call us.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the investigation team on 020 8358 0100, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.